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Today's News

  • Gardening webinar twice later this month

    The spring series of University of Illinois Extension’s Four Seasons Gardening program, which focuses on environmental stewardship, home gardening, and backyard food production, gets underway this month.
    The first session of the series, “WaterSmart Gardening,” will be offered on April 26 at 1:30 p.m. and again on April 28 at 6:30 p.m. The sessions will be presented via computer at the U of I Extension office at 118 N. Sixth St. in Vandalia.   

  • Birthday

    Marie Benefiel
    Marie Benefiel will celebrate her 98th birthday on Saturday, April 23.

    Family and friends are invited to join her for lunch at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia at 11 a.m. on her birthday to celebrate the occasion.

  • Births

    Maliyah Grayce Carroll
    Rick “JR” and Cinde Carroll are the parents of a girl born at 3:20 p.m. on Monday, March 28, 2016, at HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

  • Donation to Cancer Fund
  • Koester – 55 years

    Howard and Carol Koester will be celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary this Saturday.

    For those who wish to send them a card, their address is: 2320 N. 1450 St., Brownstown, Ill. 62418.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Elizabeth M. Wagner, 28, Decatur, was arrested on April 12 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $2,500.
    • Skylar M. Dye, 22, 415 N. Elm St., St. Elmo, was arrested on April 12 on charges of criminal trespass to a residence and possession of methamphetamine. Dye was being held awaiting the setting of bond.
    • Isaiah Fletcher, 26, 1774 TE AS Ave., Mulberry Grove, was arrested on April 12 on charges of criminal trespass to a residence and possession of methamphetamine. Fletcher was being held awaiting the setting of bond.

  • City administrator in budget, but on hold

    Vandalia officials will for the second year in a row include in its budget funding for a city administrator. But the state’s budget impasse could be a major factor in whether they continue the process of filling that vacancy.
    “I’m working on putting that in the budget,” Mayor Rick Gottman said last week about the city administrator post.
    In fact, the city was moving toward filling that post in the midst of the state’s budget impasse.

  • Legion looks for local vets

    A local veterans’ organization that has among its objectives assisting those who have served in this country’s armed forces has begun an effort to bring those individuals into the fold.
    At the same time, it’s looking to find local veterans who need its assistance.
    “We definitely would like to increase our membership,” Mary Truitt of the veterans committee of Crawford-Hale American Legion Unit 95.
    This effort began as the Legion and Auxiliary discussed how they can or should use donations given on Poppy Day.

  • Farina woman charged with meth offenses

    A Farina woman has been jailed on six methamphetamine charges after the execution of a search warrant last Friday.

  • Young Royalty